American Airlines released a new safety video during the pandemic but most carriers have continued to use their existing announcements, with a supplement for Covid-19 protocols. (Alaska Airlines, of course, ran their new Covid protocol Safety Dance in some markets during the Superbowl).
Air France though has introduced a brand new safety video. It’s not as chic as their 2015 entry. It is basically a fairly anesthetized montage of scenes in France.
Under normal circumstances I’d say it was serviceable, fine, but hardly interesting or innovative by modern standards. Yet there’s one salient feature to it: a 2021 safety video that makes no reference whatsoever to Covid-19. Nobody is even wearing masks. They’re crowded into a theater, for instance – a packed house – and no one is the least bit concerned about spread in such an indoor congregant setting.
Some might call that tough deaf, but I love it – a paean to normalcy:
We’re on the cusp of a return to normal travel although government mandates will mean things like mask-wearing requirements will persist even after they’re no longer necessary. But this safety video almost serves as a bridge to normal times, when you visit the sites of France and experience living in 2021 like it’s 2019.